09/18: Laguna, Coliseo lineups

indy (THU) 09/20 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio
[El Silgo de Torreon]
1) Fuego & Imperio Negro vs Oso Negro Jr. & Pequeno Star
2) Espacial & Sexy Libra vs Dulce Paola & Moro Jr.
3) El Tackle vs Diamante Negro [hair, mask]
4) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Rey Bucanero vs Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL (SUN) 09/23 Arena Coliseo
1) Astro Boy & Molotov vs Caligula & Messala
2) Super Nova, Tigre Blanco, Tony Rivera vs Arkangel, Nitro, Skandalo
3) India Sioux, Lady Apache, Sahori vs Amapola, La Nazi, Mima Shimoda
4) Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero vs Eclipse, Sangre Azteca, Toscano
5) Atlantis, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mr. Aguila, Terrible

Noticias Oaxaca profiles local wrestler Vampirito

Guerreros del Ring #105 has the Lizmarks.

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CMLL FSE Guerreros del Ring #45, taped 08/19/07, aired 09/16 in the US.

Lizmark Jr. vs Dos Caras Jr. for THE BELT actually was – it was like a Universo/Canek re-enactment, with younger guys and a couple different moves. It was one of those matches where I see people in the crowd cheering afterwards, and I can not really imagine why. Maybe they threw themselves into the moment, since they were there anyway. Maybe they’re more willing to look pass the obvious flaws than I, because there were plenty of obvious flaws to look past.

I can not fathom CMLL ever expecting to do a singles main event in Arena Mexico with Lizmark Jr., anniversary or not, after seeing this match. Maybe they saw it too and that’s why it’s not happening.

On the upside, I couldn’t tell the low attendance by watching the show, so that’s good.

The never ending Infernales vs Mictlan saga was better on the other show.

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CMLL CAN52 GdR #95


CMLL CAN52 Guerreros del Ring #95, taped 09/07 and 09/09, aired 09/15/07

Infernales vs Mictlan’s Army Of Good was around the best one of them they’ve done. I can’t keep them all separated enough in my head to make a list, but I know the difference is that Mictlan had a sequence where he looked like a *good* wrestler, and that’s never happened before. Nosferatu has improved a bunch since this bit started as well. Some of this is surely related to them facing each other roughly one million times and having it down, but I do think we’ll still see some of this improvement if the day comes where they’re ever not facing each other.

(I may put this match up later, but my first attempt at ripping it from TiVo did not work so well. I can edit the gray panel sidebars from a still, but not so much the video.)

They’re hyping the anniversary show much more than any show they’ve done in the past. It surprises me a little bit, because they’re hyping the what’s airing on the main show and getting nothing back the other way. The satellite shows are supposed to support the main show, so it makes sense – maybe this is the first step to better things.

If someone’s looking at this closely, they may notice I’m trying to sort the recaps into their own directories now. (This is more evident with the FSE link.) The old links should point to the new ones, but let me know if anything comes up broken.

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09/17: Monterrey, UG putting his mask on the line, magazines

AAA (SUN) 09/16 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Panterita del Ring II & Rey Imagen b Euforia (Monterrey) & Scravos
2) Criminal & Mercurio b Aguila Extrema & Dranzer
3) Dr. Cianuro & Ramses b Monje Negro Jr. & Virtual X
4) Mascarita Divina & Pequeno Genio b Mini Abismo Negro & Mini Histeria
5) Hombre Sin Miedo & Pimpinela Escarlata b Rey Infernal & Viper 007

The card that happened was quite different from what was announced.

CMLL TC (SAT) 09/29 Palenque de la Feria Chiapas [Feuer Frei @ box y lucha]
1) Dark Angel, Diana la Cazadora, India Sioux vs Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei
2) Blue Demon Jr., Capitan Furia, Mexicano vs Bugambilia, El Parachico, Mascara Purpura
3) Ultimo Guerrero vs Guerrero Zulu [mask]

So many sarcastic comments, so little time. Ultimo Guerrero COULD lose his mask to someone I’ve never heard of! (What will happen if he loses his mask the day before!?!) Would this replace Mr. Aguila as biggest mask win ever for UG?

The BBC has an article about kids training in the CMLL gym. Ringo is the trained for this class. They talk to some of the students, the oldest of which is El Legionario. Some of the others appear to be sons or grand sons of other wrestlers.

Rodolfo Vega who published lucha libre magazines in the 60s, 70s, 80s and was a close friend of Huracan Ramirez, is interviewed is La Razon.

Nuevo Excelsior writes about the beginnings of CMLL, Arena Coliseo and Arena Mexico.

More indy lucha libre in Colorado. It sounds like a different group.

Box Y Lucha #2836 has Santo talking about his break up with CMLL
Super Luchas #230 has Canek talking about returning. That’s an unrecognizable mask.

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Mistico hurt again

Or maybe that should say “still”

NotiMex has the story of Mistico’s pain, but the bigger story is he’s going to wrestle anyway because the big show is coming up.

He’s hurt his left knee, which has been bugging him throughout but got worse during Thursday’s match at Arena Neza. Mistico blames it on the hard ring. He’s going to have a doctor’s visit on Monday and plans on making as many his bookings as possible between now and the 28th, definitely that match and who knows what after. CMLL may pull him from some shows.

The Neza match was his first match back, I believe, so either Mistico had some outstandingly bad luck or he wasn’t really healthy when he came back. Unless Mistico takes an extended period off so he can be completely healed up, I wonder if we’ve reached the point of his career where his style is going to turn him into an on again/off again participant.

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09/16: Mexico results, lineups

CMLL (SUN) 09/16 Arena Mexico [Doom @ el Martiente, alexrace23 @ box y lucha]
1) Pequeno Olimpico & Shockercito b Fire & Sombrita
2) Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei b Dark Angel, Luna Magica, Sahori
3) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto b Alex Koslov, Maximo, Rey Bucanero
4) Hijo del Lizmark, Olimpico, Toscano DQ Blue Panther, Heavy Metal, Negro Casas
5) Mascara Purpura b Emilio Charles Jr. [mask]
6) Atlantis & Mistico b Dr. Wagner Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero [pi]

Mistico beat Wagner and Ultimo by himself. OF COURSE HE DID.

Purpura beat Emilio, which anyone not reading way too much into this would’ve called. We’re supposed to be under the impression Mascara Purpura is every bit as Mexican as Stuka Jr. and Maximo.

Lizmark Jr. took of his own mask and got the tecnicos blamed on it.

CMLL (MON) 09/17 Arena Puebla [hugo999 @ box y lucha]
1) Blue Center & Super Star vs Mr. Rafaga & Murcielago
2) Centella de Oro, Lestat, the Tigre vs Black Terry, Siki Osama Jr., Toro Bill Jr.
3) Astro Boy, Mascara Purpura, Valiente vs Euforia, Loco Max, Nosferatu
4) Terrible, Villano III, Villano IV vs Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero
5) Blue Panther, Dr. Wagner Jr., Negro Casas vs Atlantis, Hijo de Lizmark, Ultimo Guerrero

CMLL (SUN) 09/16 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Virgo vs Thunder Boy
2) Malefico, Mascara Magica, Toxico vs Exterminador, Nitro, Virus and Mr. Trueno, Okumura, Rey Trueno and Danger (Guadalajara), Infierno, Texano Jr. and El Gallo, Rayman, Stuka Jr. and Leon Blanco, Leono, Valiente and Metal Blanco, Metalik, Metatron [torneo]
3) Dos Caras Jr. vs Universo 2000 [CMLL HEAVY]

CMLL (TUE) 09/18 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Estrella de Jalisco vs Destroyer (Guadalajara)
2) Casanova vs Impostor
3) Guerrero Samurai vs Depredador
4) Magnum vs Malefico
5) El Gallo & Stuka Jr. vs Mascara Magica & Okumura
6) Negro Casas & Volador Jr. vs Atlantis & Toscano
7) Ultimo Guerrero vs Rey Bucanero [CMLL LH]

CMLL.com has the dates on these swapped, but I’m under the belief that this is the correct order.

Accion was one of those half hour shows Galavision doesn’t bother to list correctly. It had seconds worth of CMLL clips as part of it’s top ten – just the finish to the main event – and no AAA highlights.

DeporTV, on the other hand, had an extra half hour. Highlights of just the 2nd and 3rd matches aired, . It just seemed like they were giving more time than usual to each match, which I attributed to the longer show, but instead they just didn’t air anything form the top two. You ended up with two minutes of highlights for each match, with a lot of uninterrupted sequences. Oddly enough, the teaser segments had clips of the main event, so I’m not sure what happened here.

2: Besides the usual dives, Shockercito put the reinera on Mini Violencia, which was quite a stretch.
3: Fabian el Gitano was highlighted in (and before) his match. An extended bit of Ohara doing wacky corner strikes and Metalico reversing to do his own. Neutron was barely shown, just to miss his move and get beat for the finish.

The lucha segment had a sponsor, which is surely a good sign.

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09/14: Mexico, Neza, lineups


CMLL (FRI) 09/14 Arena Mexico [ovaciones, ESTO]
1) Polvora & Vaquero b Angel Azteca Jr. & Tiger Kid
2) Euforia, Loco Max, Nosferatu b Leono, Stuka Jr., Super Nova
3) Mascara Purpura, Sagrado, Sombra DQ Damian 666, Mr. Aguila, Texano Jr.
4) Averno, Black Warrior, Hijo de Lizmark b Heavy Metal, La Mascara, Volador Jr.
5) Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Terrible, Villano V b Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Negro Casas

In the third fall of the main event, Blue Panther got Terrible with an armbar, but Perro and Villano rallied to beat Dos and Negro for the win.

Ovaciones says Black Warrior has new look with no skirt. Maybe he just forgot it, because that’s all that looks different. No recap mentions that he’s added to the Anniversary main event, but next week’s lineup seems like we’re still headed that way.

Texano fouled Purpura in the tercera. CMLL.com notes that Texano is pretty much a Perro at this point, only needing Perro Jr. to make it official. That’d be 1 of the 2 new members promised.

CMLL (THU) 09/13 Arena Neza [Heri 99 @ box y lucha]
1) Romano & Super Tri b Dr. Karonte Jr. & Monkey
2) Molotov & Tiger Kid b Vaquero & Zayco
3) Bam Bam, Electrico, Pequeno Olimpico b Pequeno Damian 666, Pequeno Halloween, Pequeno Mr. Aguila
4) Leono, Meteorix, Valiente b Colmillo Blanco, Ephesto, Ramstein
5) Mistico, Negro Casas, Sombra b Averno, Dr. Wagner Jr., Sangre Azteca

CMLL (TUE) 09/18 Arena Coliseo
1) Rayo Tapatio I & Rayo Tapatio II vs Artillero & Zayco
2) Metalico, Sombra de Plata, Tiger Kid vs Apocalipsis, Ramstein, Super Comando
3) Euforia, Mr. Mexico, Nosferatu vs Leono, Starman, Valiente
4) Maximo, Ogun, Sagrado vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
5) Alex Koslov, Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone vs Damian 666, Mr. Aguila, Terrible

CMLL (FRI) 09/21 Arena Mexico
1) Angel Azteca Jr. & Neutron vs Hooligan & Loco Max
2) Dark Angel, Luna Magica, Marcela vs Hiroka, Medusa, Rosa Negra
3) Heavy Metal, Maximo, Shocker vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto
4) Sagrado, Sombra, Volador Jr. vs Damian 666, Mr. Aguila, Texano Jr.
5) Blue Panther & Mistico vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo & Villano V and Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero and Black Warrior & Lizmark Jr.

I can’t think of the last time we’ve had a main event four team mini-tournament, but here it is. Warrior’s basically taking Wagner’s place (though a tecnico wouldn’t work exactly there.) Nice to see Shocker exists once more. Gotta figure the Perros are getting the win in the semimain to set up that title match in two weeks or so.

If this was the title match week for that feud, and you swapped in the cage match for the 4 way tag, it may be a more interesting show than the Anniversary.

CMLL CAN52 Guerreros del Ring #95 has
09/07 Mexico: Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus b Mictlan, Super Nova, Valiente
09/09 Coliseo: Blue Panther, Dr. Wagner Jr., Rey Bucanero DQ Atlantis, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero
more interviews about Dr. Wagner Sr. – Lizmark and whomever else is left.

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CMLL CAN52 GdR #94


CMLL CAN52 Guerreros del Ring #94, taped 08/31 and 09/02, aired 09/08

AVOID. Heavy Metal was worse than usual in the opener, and the most interesting part of the main event was Perro getting into arguments with older women in the crowd. Volador going thru the motions is sad.

Villano V’s punches look faker than the Canadian Destroyer, and it’s hard to believe such things are possible.

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CMLL FSE Guerreros del Ring #54, taped 08/12, aired in the US on 09/16

Disappointing show. Women’s trios has been better, Valiente was barely in the main event and bailed on his big move. They set up the main event for next week okay, but really nothing else in-ring of note.

Someone’s gotta explain this clip to me:

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09/14: Mexico preview, Warrior added to cage match?

Tonight’s Arena Mexico lineup, two weeks out from the Anniversary show.

CMLL (FRI) 09/14 Arena Mexico
1) Angel Azteca Jr. & Tiger Kid vs Polvora & Vaquero
2) Leono, Stuka Jr., Super Nova vs Euforia, Loco Max, Nosferatu
3) Mascara Purpura, Sagrado, Sombra vs Damian 666, Mr. Aguila, Texano Jr.
4) Heavy Metal, La Mascara, Volador Jr. vs Averno, Black Warrior, Hijo de Lizmark
5) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Negro Casas vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Terrible, Villano V

NotiMex preview – Ovaciones has the usual. ESTO focuses on the return of Black Warrior. His team really should win the semimain, seeing as the other team is a collection of guys doing not much. The Perros and the Mexican Trios champs (and friends) are squaring off in far too many matches for that title match not to turn up at some point – maybe the week after the Anniversary show?

Speaking of Black Warrior, Sky Mexico has posted a blurb for the CMLL Anniversary Show PPV on their site. Black Warrior is part of the cage match on their lineup – perhaps he’ll be added tonight? (If Warrior got a vacation, his old spot back, and an anniversary main event pay day, he’s my hero.) Looks like Mascara Purpura is replacing Ultimo Dragon as well. The PPV costs between $18 and $22.50 depending on how you’re getting the show. (Thanks to Nute @ Satanico’s Mansion

El Siglo de Torreon and ESTO talk about the Wagner show tonight.

While seeing yesterday’s IWRG poster today (via SPOK619 @ Satanico’s Mansion) isn’t usually helpful, note that BOGE just happens to be a sponsor on the show with Bogeman debuting. This certainly explains why they debuted a new character in the main event.

Atlantis talks to ESTO about being put in their, uh, Hall of Fame? List of Important Sports People Of Our Times? Something like that. He and Ultimo are going to team up and win the cage match, Atlantis explains.

El Sol de Zacatecas talks to Mascarita Sagrada (original) about his career. Mascarita Sagrada AAA is mentioned as working an AAA show tonight (lineup altered from what was announced before) – I wonder if they mean Divina?

Costa Rica is another place where kids are being taught lucha libre as a Stay Of The Streets tactic. This kind of story always amazes me, but I didn’t know they had lucha libre in Costa Rica. It may just mean amateur style here, I guess.

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